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Hundreds injured in Catalan riots

Catalan voters were fired at by police with rubber bullets.

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Angela Merkel wins fourth term

The German politician has been re-elected as Chancellor.

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Turkey purges state officials following failed coup

A purge of state officials in Turkey following a failed coup continues with more than 15,000 education staff suspended. The […]

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Malala writes open letter pledging continued support of #BringBackOurGirls

One year on, the message of solidarity urging the continued efforts to #BringBackOurGirls is still at the heart of Malala’s fight – and why it should be for all of us too.

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Fitness for payment of goods and services? Sign us up!

If you could trade a little on-the-spot fitness for a train ticket would you do it?

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Japanese man fathers 13 surrogate babies in Thailand

Thailand’s surrogacy scandal continues this week with the startling case of 13 babies fathered by the same man.

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Overseas adoptions set to get easier for Aussies

New laws will make adopting children from other countries a much easier process for Australians.

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George Clooney backs repatriation of Parthenon Marbles

Actor George Clooney has backed a call to return Parthenon Marbles in British Museum to Greece.

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Bushfires put the heat on climate change skeptics

An early start to summer along with devastating bushfires in the Southern Hemisphere have rekindled the climate change debate.

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Statue of Liberty reopens for tourists

Two weeks after the iconic New York landmark was forced to close amidst a US government shutdown, the Statue of Liberty has reopened to visitors.

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No signs of relief as US leaders still deadlocked on government shutdown

No relief after President Obama met with Congressional leaders to try to break a deadlock that has shut down the US government.

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TV Takeback

Tens of thousands of old televisions have been collected at TV recycling depots around the country as New Zealanders respond to the Government’s TV TakeBack programme – an initiative designed to prevent valuable resources heading to our landfills.

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Turkish riots continue

Turkish officials say they will consider a referendum on plans for a park at the centre of violent demonstrations, the worst in decades, but protesters remain cynical.

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Finnish babies start life in cardboard box

Children born in Finland over the last 75 years have all started their lives the same way – in a cardboard box.

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Bee-harming pesticides to be banned

The UK government is looking to ban a series of bee-harming pesticides, following the stance of other European nations, after bee numbers continue to rapidly dwindle throughout the world.

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Butterfly numbers at record low

Mexico’s migrating monarch butterflies are fast declining in size, with a dramatic 59 per cent drop in this year’s winter populations.

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Afghans mull US withdrawal

The Afghan government welcomes US President Barack Obama’s plans for the withdrawal of troops, but some residents are concerned that Afghan security forces will struggle to cope.

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The case for gay marriage in Australia

Pol MCann, a sociologist at the Jansen Newman Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy, discusses why he thinks gay marriage in Australia is inevitable.

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Hong Kong students end hunger strike

Three Hong Kong students end their hunger strike over curriculum changes after 56 hours due to health concerns.

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China’s new city declared on disputed land

China’s government establishes the new city of Sansha in the disputed South China Sea, angering protestors in neighbouring countries. MiNDFOOD Reports.

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Francois Holland appointed President of France

The country’s first Socialist leader in 17 years, Francois Hollande is elected as president of France, with rumours swirling about who will occupy the top posts in his government.

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Greeks react to hung parliament

Some Greek residents in Athens are unsurprised by hung parliament, while others are pleased with the possibility of a new coalition government, the exact opposite of market sentiments.

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Weather change in Japan

Japan’s countdown to spring traditionally began with a government announcement on when the cherry blossom season will start, but this year, the people are taking over, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Red Shirts flood streets to enlist public support

Thousands of Thai protesters packed trucks, cars and motorbikes in a carnival-like convoy Saturday aimed at winning over the capital’s residents in their flagging class war against the government, MiNDFOOD reports.

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